Hello, I am @jrberendzen on Twitter and this is one of my free agent interviews where I ask very deserving free agents questions about the players themselves and about what a team would get in these players. All of these players should get picked up by NFL, CFL, and XFL teams and get a shot at being career football players. So I hope you all read this interview about Jovon and follow his journey on social media!
1.What should we know about Jovon White the person?
Hardworking individual. I’m very competitive in just about everything I do. Love being around friends and family. Very chill and can be very nonchalant. Try to keep a positive attitude about life.
2.What is a moment that improved you as a football player?
I’ve always been kind of a smaller guy and my biggest thing was improving my weight and strength. In one of the first games of my college season, I laid a big hit on a RB catching a ball in the flats, and from that point, I was a lot more confident in my head up/big hit tackling.
3.What are you hoping to achieve as a football player going forward?
I’m hoping to just compete at a high level and consistently. Also to be an inspiration to other smaller school athletes to never give up on themselves.
4.What is your typical training routine?
I usually work out around 4-5 times a week. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and sometimes Saturday. I’m trying to bulk and gain especially in my legs so Mondays and Fridays are my heavy leg days. Tuesdays and Thursdays are my upper body days and will mix it up heavy or not. I also usually end every day with some core workouts and will sprinkle in some leg or calf workouts on my upper body days.
5.If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?
I would say Ed Reed because I’m a ravens fan and he is my favorite player. Especially because we play the same position and I try to model my game of being A ball-hawking and all over the field-free safety.
6.What sets you apart from other defensive backs?
I would say that I’m versatile. While I like free roaming in the back covering zones. I feel I’m also comfortable with having to play the corner or nickel position. While my man coverage is a little rusty because I haven’t played strict man since high school I believe in my ability. I also like to be involved in the run game. I like to tackle and have my presence felt in more than just the pass game. I’ve always tried to lead my team in tackling which one year in college I did as well as being top 5 other years while being a starter
7.What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?
The first time I was introduced to football was in fifth grade by one of my first real close friends. I signed up and it just felt natural to me. It wasn’t until college honestly when I had coaches and teammates telling me how talented I was and could be when I really decided that its what I wanted to be.
8.What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?
Lately, I’ve been a calmer before the storm kind of guy cause I’ve noticed I use a lot of energy being too hyped before games and will sometimes be gassed early on until I catch my second wind. But once I make my first play and get in a groove I definitely bring the hype.
9.Rank focus,footwork and skill. Based on what is most important to you as a football player and explain why?
At the DB position, I feel footwork is the most important because when covering wrs especially fast ones or good route runners you wanna have a smooth transition from your back pedal to either a weave pedal or just trying to break on a route or the ball. Focus I would say is second because at the next level the game moves fast so you have to be tuned in. Also film work is essential to pick up on tendencies and overall just being better prepared for what’s potentially to come. I would rank skill last because at the next level everyone had skill, that’s why they are there. At that point it comes down to who is more well rounded. If your footwork is on point and you’re focused it makes your natural abilities shine more.
10.What would a team get in a player like you?
They would get a team player who would do anything in his power to help the team win. I’m the kind of player that wants to be on the FG blocks and the kickoffs and the punt blocks to try and help the team get that edge.
11.What do you love about the game of football?
I just love how it’s such a team sport and how it builds camaraderie. And teaches life skills like teamwork, perseverance, and hard work. I’ve made some of my closest friends through football. It also is where I feel most comfortable. God made me athletic and it’s where I get to show off those abilities.
12.How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?
I take them head-on. In life, I pray about it and do what I can. On the football field, I talk myself up to believe in myself and welcome the challenge. In big-time situations, I want the ball to come my way because I want to make that play.